Exclusive Premiere: Aphelion – Bora (Alumni Records)

Glasgow-based DJ and producer Aphelion has announced the release of the gorgeous debut single, ‘Bora’. Dropping on the 6th of May on Alumni Records, ‘Bora’ is a beautifully slow-evolving piece of atmospheric house that affirms Aphelion as one of the most exciting producers working in Glasgow right now.

Since a young age, Aphelion has been involved with numerous bands playing drums and synths, until 2019 when he decided to pursue a new sound with Scotland’s subSine | Academy electronic music school. Inspired by artists such as Nils Frahm and Max Cooper, to the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Aphelion has honed a passion for melody, distilling it with intricate rhythms derived from his years as a drummer, to create a sound that is entirely his own.

Simultaneously mellow and uplifting; ‘Bora’ is a track packed with emotion, immersing the listener and leaving them mesmerised by the track’s dynamic ebb and flow. Pulsing synths carry the record as it builds within itself into a blissful, awe-inspiring climax.

“During the creation of Bora, I wanted to blend the boundaries between Electronic and Orchestral/Organic Live instruments and wanted to take this theme further with the production of a custom video. I spent a lot of time trying to curate a sound that seemed both fresh, yet familiar, and to draw inspiration from many of my favourite artists spanning several genres. I used some clever sampling engines in this track to take some live string sections and mangle them into some ethereal pads – used in conjunction with sounds from my staple workhorse, my Novation Summit. The title of the track also means a strong north-east wind, and a lot of the original footage reflects this, being captured in various parts of Scotland.” – Aphelion

“I wanted to portray elements from the record, which blend organic sounds and textures but synthesised in an electronic music setting. I tried to do this visually with a juxtaposition of the natural world contrasting with the synthetic. We have a lot of familiar Scottish landscapes and scenes, but man-made to be more abstract, using mirroring and reversing techniques. I tried to make it familiar yet exotic.” – Nicol Craig (Video Director, A Play North Production)

Based in Glasgow, Alumni Records is subSine | Academy’s own label, showcasing the depth of incredible talent fostered within its classrooms.

You can Pre-Order/Buy ‘Bora’ HERE.


About the Author

Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about many genres of music from Breakbeat and Drum & Bass to Techno and Electronica. A man that lives in a world of bass and beats, Ian is an obsessive collector of music and a true geek at heart, with many years spent in application design.